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Princess of the Year Awards: Quest for Answers


Imagine a TV Gameshow where the contestants are fairy-tale princesses working towards the Crown of being 'Princess of the Year'.

I'm planning a sort of play/talent show for the Brownies with this as the basic premise. Each girl who wants to be in it will make up a princess identity (or borrow one from a story) and has to do the show as that princess. There is one talent round where they will pick anything they want to show, and a questions round where they answer questions in character. We wanted to do something that was easy to adapt if a girl dropped out suddenly and that meant everyone got to be the role they wanted (I'm just trying to work out what I'll do if I have seven girls who want to be Elsa AND sing Let It Go...).

Questions right now include:-

  1. What is the most important quality for a princess to have?
  2. If you had one wish, what would you wish for?
  3. What is one thing every princess should learn?

But I'm stuck for more ideas. The preparation for this will hopefully be used as part of their Adventure challenge (they have to explore their personal feelings towards issues that girls don't always get to think about) and so I'd like some suggestions that are a bit thinky. Baring in mind these are 7-10 year old girls, though. They can probably answer questions about if girls should get the same education as boys, they're probably not going to know the first thing about politics.

And if anyone has any ideas for 'funny' questions that might make the show a bit more interesting to those who aren't into girls talking about their dreams, that would be cool too.  



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What about things like toys and colours being thought of as for girls or boys?

Just a thought, if this is a thing to make them think outside of the box a bit, would it be better making them choose a male character (avoids the Elsa issue also) and leads into thinking about girls being able to do things just like the boys.

I think my sister is doing something like this for her Brownie unit, is this the thing with the "Girls can..." Badges?

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Spikeyfaerie wrote:

What about things like toys and colours being thought of as for girls or boys?

Just a thought, if this is a thing to make them think outside of the box a bit, would it be better making them choose a male character (avoids the Elsa issue also) and leads into thinking about girls being able to do things just like the boys.

I think my sister is doing something like this for her Brownie unit, is this the thing with the "Girls can..." Badges?


The point isn't to stop them choosing the same character if they really want to: it's about encouraging them to make their OWN decisions rather than feeling like they have to be the princess that's most popular right now even if they'd really rather be Princess Sarah, who loves to walk her neighbours dogs, or Princess Daisy, who likes fixing computers. So, along those lines if any of them wanted to be 'prince such and such' it would be fine but the only way I want to influence their choice of character is to try and prevent them all being the same thing because Disney and Frozen dominate so much right now. I don't mind one Elsa. Heck, I don't mind five. But I am aware that the parents will have to sit through five identical renditions of Let It Go when most of them are at their wits end with it anyway.

I haven't even looked at the Girls Can stuff yet, we're just trying to figure out ways to fit in some development activities as well as get a show rehearsed and figured we could try this idea because it means girls get to make a lot of decisions without the pressure of having to write the whole play themselves.

Suggesting that they all take on male roles is something that would be interesting to do with older girls (maybe Guides) but I think for Brownie age it would be too confusing. Most of our girls do 'boy things' already and I suspect at least one princess talent will be a karate demonstration so there would be no point encouraging them to see themselves as male characters: just to try and affirm that they don't have to wear a dress and sing 'I Won't Say I'm In Love' if they'd rather be the princess in a gi breaking bits of wood on stage.



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^^^ Also, doesn't asking them to pick male characters defeat the point, suggesting it's male characters that are interesting and diverse and the centre of their own stories, and this is something limited to male characters?

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^ didn't think of that. I was very tired last night.

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I'm not sure if I completely understood what this is all about (the princess stuff for little girls is somewhat alien to me, when I grew up it wasn't very big and nobody tried to sell princess-stuff like they do today) but I'll happily try to think up some princessy questions anyway :D

(btw, I definitively had some knowledge about politics at that age. When we were 10 I had big arguments with a friend who was a communist, I was a social democrat with anarchist sympathies. Mostly we were just repeating stuff we had heard our parents and family talk about, and much of our knowledge was extremely oversimplified, but still. I guess it depends on the environment you are in. When/where I grew up it was common to watch the news on telly, be upset if parliamentary elections went against the socialists and so on. Anyway, it is never too early to learn about politics imho)

-If your princess sat on the city counsel, what would her first suggestion be?
-What do your princess do to improve her local community?
-What do your princess do to help the environment?
-What do your princess do if a helpless boy is in trouble?
-How do your princess get around?
-What superpower would a princess have?
-What science is your princess best at?
-What is your princess' most important skill?
-What do your princess do if she meets a dragon?
-What is your princess' favourite weapon?
-Why is your princess a princess?
-How does your princess earn a living?





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^ I WANT TO HEAR THESE ANSWERS SO MUCH

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Irilar, I bow to your awesomeness. These are all perfect, exactly what I was thinking of but couldn't word.



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